The scientist, Marvin Minsky (1927-2016) was one of the pioneers of the field of Artificial Intelligence, having founded the MIT AI Lab in 1970. Since the 1950s, his work involved trying to uncover human thinking processes and replicate them in machines. [Listener: Christopher Sykes; date recorded: 2011]
But Nagasaki wasnâ€™t so accessible, soâ€¦ I think many people must have wondered, whyâ€¦ why did we drop two bombs? Why wasnâ€™t one enough? My first thought was that it was to convince them that it wasnâ€™t a hoax. A few years later then, I met Oppenheimer for the first time when I was in graduate school at Princeton, and he was very hospitableâ€¦ and tragic.